5 officiating things I’m watching in 2021

The time for talking is over. The 2021 NFL regular season is here! As the NFL begins its 102nd season, here is what I'm watching as the game officials take the field and make sure the game stays fair. 1. Only one rookie this season Six officials retired this season, but only

How the NFL grooms an official for the referee position

In the past two seasons, we have seen seven NFL officials promoted to referee due to multiple white hat retirements. While we speculate on who will be the next referee promoted, the NFL actually has a Referee Training Program in place to identify, train, and mentor potential referees well before

3 officials to audition for referee

Three NFL officials will audition this preseason for future referee openings. Deep judges Jonah Monroe, Land Clark, and Don Willard will work all or part of a game at the referee position with a regular referee and other NFL observers watching their performance.  The NFL used to send potential referees to

NFL sends 4 officials north to call CFL games

Two rookie NFL officials, one member of the Officiating Development Program and one veteran NFL official have been working north this summer to call Canadian Football League games.  This is the fourth year of the NFL-CFL Officiating Exchange Program. The NFL officials calling CFL games this year are: Side judge Keith Washington Rookie Jimmy

Former NFL players Jones and Killens talk about being rookie zebras

The NFL officiating season has begun, the NFL Network interviewed former pro players and rookie officials Nate Jones and Terry Killens. They and Al Riveron, senior vice president of officiating, joined the program Good Morning Football. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs8gJXxnMcg Jones and Killens are two of six new hires for 2019, and they join current

Candidates for white hat in 2019

The coveted white hat worn by the referee There are two referee openings for the 2019 season after Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli retired. So far, they are the only two referees we know who have retired. There are very few chances for the NFL to test officials for future referee openings.